Mason Announces 2002-03 Performing Arts Schedule

Posted: May 8, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Citing the needs of both its on- and off-campus communities, William Reeder, dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, and Rick Davis, associate dean and artistic director, have announced the 2002-03 season of “Great Performances at Mason.” With expanded programming from international artists, including Anoushka Shankar, the Shanghai Ballet, Georgian State Dance, and the Hungarian National Orchestra, the Center for the Arts will concentrate on meeting the needs of an increasingly diverse local audience and the wider metropolitan Washington, D.C., crowd.

During the 2002-03 season, the Center for the Arts will present more than two dozen professional artistic events in various genres, fulfilling its role as both presenter and producer. Increasingly aware of the necessity for an expansion into producing, the center embarks on several ambitious projects, some including combinations of original work in cooperation with resident artists and partners.

The center’s newly incorporated jazz ensemble, The Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, which debuted on the main stage last season, returns with Richard Stoltzman as guest artist. The Theater of the First Amendment forays into touring productions as they showcase their award-winning works on the Concert Hall stage in preparation for several road trips. Master pianist Jeffrey Siegel returns with his popular series of Keyboard Conversations. Beloved artists return to the Concert Hall stage, including the Virginia Opera, the Mark Morris Dance Group and ODC San Francisco, with Velveteen Rabbit.

Newcomers to the center’s season include the Shanghai Ballet dancing two programs: The White Haired Girl and Coppelia. Brazil’s modern dance company Grupo Corpo lights up the stage and Fred Ho’s Voice of the Dragon presents a parable of tragedy and revelation, using dance combined with martial arts, in Once Upon a Time in Chinese America. Renowned classical musicians continue the center’s commitment to the traditional performing arts, including Leon Fleisher on piano as guest artist with the revered Mendelssohn Quartet, the groundbreaking Eos Orchestra, and a program of Vivaldi from the Academy of Ancient Music.

For more information on “Great Performances at Mason,” including dates and times, visit the Center for the Arts box office Concert Hall lobby, or call x32787.

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